John Trumbull's portrayal of General Washington, graceful and relaxed, as the victorious commander-in-chief of the American forces is one of the most vivid portraits of Washington. In the background, Trumbull depicted the Continental army as it appeared in 1782 at the encampment of Verplanck's Point, New York, drawn up in formation to honor the French forces then returning from the successful siege of Yorktown a few months before. Trumbull presented the portrait to Mrs. Washington "in evidence of my profound and affectionate respect," and the Washingtons later displayed it in the large entertaining room, known as the "New Room," at Mount Vernon.

This painting is a modern copy of Trumbull's original. The original is now in the collection of Winterthur Museum. More






Oil on canvas


Overall (H x W x D, framed): 36 1/8 in. x 26 3/4 in. x 3 in. (91.76 cm x 67.95 cm x 7.62 cm)
Other (H x W, canvas): 27 11/16 in. x 18 1/2 in. (70.33 cm x 46.99 cm)


Purchase, 1982

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